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About Katie: Katie has been a product and textile designer, an art restoration specialist, and an interior designer/merchandiser. Her interests are focused on finding well designed items that improve daily life as well as reading fiction and making stuff. (View Profile)


Private Parts Rugs by Cold Picnic

Are these rugs too provocative for you? Well, tough… ummm, you-know-what. Cold Picnic brings us the Private Parts Rugs, with a little something for everyone. There’s Private Parts 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5. Pick the parts you like most and then choose the preferred size and color- most are available in the 2’x3′ size with the cream background. I bet you’ll have fun seeing the rug each and every day; be sure to enjoy that the imagery can be interpreted however you (or your guests) want.

Purchase Information:

Price: $264.00 - 550.00
Available from: Cold Picnic

Mininch Tool Pen

Ah-ha! This looks like a pen, but it’s really a multi-purpose tool hidden inside a pen-like casing. It’s perfect for those of us that like to be prepared for anything, yet can’t really justify wearing a tool belt everywhere we go (sooo cumbersome, right?). The 16 tool bits can be easily switched out- they’re all stored within the pen, so you cycle through to the one you need*. Taiwanese architect Yu–Hung Cheng and his team call it the world’s first “pop–a–point” pen style tool.

Purchase Information:

Price: $69.00
Available from: Wallpaper Store

Eva Solo To Go Grill

A small, portable grill that looks a little like a bento box gets a big ‘yes, please’ from anyone who has ever eaten outdoors. It’s a charcoal grill, so there’s nothing complicated about it. A built-in handle and a nylon strap secures the whole thing together to make transport extra easy to the backyard, beach, or campsite. Silicone handles, dishwasher-safe parts, and a black enamel finish all further add to the function and overall aesthetic.

Purchase Information:

Price: $199.00
Available from: Gessato

Coleman Height-Adjustable End Table

If the Coleman Stool and the Coleman Camp Stool are to your liking, chances are that you’ll want to own the End Table. It features the same geometric base and adjusts from 22 to 28 inches in height, which makes it a cross between an end table, stool, and even a low bar stool. Spin the tabletop clockwise or counterclockwise to raise or lower it to the right height.

Purchase Information:

Price: $599.00
Available from: Dwell

BLTD Site Update

Expletive! We finally got our site updated! That affects several things that you probably don’t care about, as we didn’t change much visually. However, you probably do care about the fact that we no longer need the app that you may have on your mobile device.

Yes, the app worked, and yes, it looked okay, but now the normal BLTD site will load on whatever gadget you’re on without the occasional hang-ups and weird landing pages that we had before. So, please say your goodbyes to the app we had, and say hello to the newly updated BLTD.

Please add us to your home screen for a super quick way to see the latest and greatest of all of our features. Just navigate to our site in whatever browser you use and save it as a bookmark/favorite to your home screen. And, if you’re feeling generous, please ‘like’ and/or share the stuff you like the most, as it would be really nice to spread the word that our site now works like it should.

Thanks, as always, for visiting and supporting BLTD. You’re the best.

Friday Links

– This thing moves! Behnaz Farahi’s Caress of the Gaze (via thinx)

– Back/neck tension? How about a “luxury” foam roller? RolPal (via NYTimes)

The 20 people who have given away the most money to charity

– A “cute” surveillance camera: Ulo

– Ha ha- Daniel Craig’s thoughts on James Bond

– A “futuristic” wallet: Kallet

ROAR: smart safety jewelry

Cantilevered Home in the Mountains

Enjoy your weekend.

Dwell Bolton Residence

Light + Ladder Desk Accessories

Deliberate, simple, clean… maybe that’s how your coworkers describe you, but I’m talking about the walnut set you see above. Solid wood, brass, porcelain, and vegetable-tanned leather all work harmoniously together for a desk set that’s sure to say you mean business.

Purchase Information:

Price: $65.00 -360.00
Available from: Light +Ladder

Carl Auböck Oversized Paperclip

It’s a very, very large paperclip. Use it as a bookmark, as shown above, or as a paperweight. Considering it’s designed by Carl Auböck, and hand-crafted from solid brass in Auböck’s fourth-generation Viennese workshop, it will retain its value for years to come. Don’t believe me? Do a search for Auböck’s pieces on any collector’s site (or Ebay) and you’ll see. Consider this as a very nice gift for that someone who has everything (except a huge brass paperclip).

Purchase Information:

Price: $200.00
Available from: Ode to Things

Gramovox Floating Record

A floating record? What is this, a magic show? Nope, it’s just a simple rethinking of the record player. This turntable plays records vertically- allowing you to enjoy and showcase your records “as both art and a medium to produce analog sound.” If you’re thinking that sounds gimmicky, you’ll be reassured hearing about the dynamic, full-range stereo speakers (two Tymphany 2″ neodymium speakers, to be exact) and a choice between 33-1/3 or 45 RPM (record clamps for both included). More info over at Gramovox.

Purchase Information:

Price: $399.99
Available from: Gramovox

Yupik Light

You probably can’t tell from the photo above, but this Yupik Light is made from polypropylene foam. That makes it very sturdy and extremely light. And did you notice the clear polycarbonate diffuser? It looks a little like a car headlight, doesn’t it? Set it on its side on a table, place it on the ground facing upwards, or hang it from the ceiling using the included hook. It’s an affordable light with many possible uses all over your home.

Purchase Information:

Price: $254.15
Available from: Lumens

Outline Trivets

Who needs a trivet? Maybe your dining table, considering Thanksgiving is next month. Better to be prepared than have a big, burnt mark once you clear the table, right? An elegant outline of geometric shapes has been laser cut from smoked oak veneer. Consider all three for a spectactular spread or just one or two for smaller soirees.

Purchase Information:

Price: $30.00 - 50.00
Available from: Clever Spaces

Gugo Glass Pitcher Jugs

Nice jugs. See, I can say that aloud without fearing a punch in the face. You might need to be a little more careful, especially if you give one of these as a gift to a favorite co-worker or your mother-in-law.

The Gugo Pitcher Jugs are designed by Kanz Architetti and produced by Venetian glass artisan Erre Soffieria. And, if you haven’t noticed the prices, do take a look. Pleasantly surprised? Me too.

Purchase Information:

Price: $55.00 -85.00
Available from: Wallpaper Store

mc&co Irregular Round Mirror

You see an irregular round mirror, which is sort of interesting, and then, as you step to the side, a punch of day-glow color from the recessed frame hits you in the face. That, my friend, raises the bar from sort-of-interesting to high-five-awesome. There’s a few different options in colored glass as well as frames; take a look at mc&co for the full collection.

Purchase Information:

Price: $900.00+
Available from: mc&co

Round Walnut and Solid Brass Wall Hooks

Cooler weather is here, so it’s time to assess your entryway. Do you have enough hooks for hanging up all those scarves, hats and coats? Go the minimal route with these Round Walnut Wall Hooks or the Solid Brass Square Wall Hooks. Both sets are by the designer Farrah Sit and may be purchased through her website, Light and Ladder, or from Kaufmann Mercantile.

Purchase Information:

Price: $12.00 - 180.00
Available from: Light + Ladder

Grip Band Serving Tray

Whoooaa, steady, there! Maybe you need the Grip Tray- it will keep those beverages in place as they travel from kitchen to dining room, or, as the case may be, to the living room (you big couch potato, you). Silicone bands wrap around the outside to make sure things stay put no matter how wobbly or weak your arms may be. There’s a Parallel (above) and Round size (shown below) available in a black or white color scheme.

Purchase Information:

Price: $295.00 - 395.00
Available from: Finell